1965 postage stamps commemorating Germany’s medieval mines
Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry (1416), March
The snow has melted and the peasants go about preparing the soil for the spring planting. In the background we can see the Château de Lusignan (in the Department of Vienne) on a hill top dominating the farmland about.
On the slopes below the castle we can see various peasant activities: a shepherd and his dog looking after a flock of sheep; three peasants pruning the vines; a vineyard which has already been prepared for the spring growing season; a peasant sifting a bag of seed corn; a peasant ploughing a field with two oxen.
Given its prominent place in the picture and the extraordinary detail with which it is painted, the Limburg brothers were keen to show how important agriculture was to the peasant economy and how dependent upon it for their upkeep were the castles of the aristocracy.
Three of the four oldest authentic harps to survive are of Gaelic provenance: the Trinity College Harp preserved in Trinity College Dublin, and the Queen Mary Harp and the Lamont Harp in the National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh.
The last two are examples of the small low-headed harp, and are both made from hornbeam, a wood not native to Scotland. All three are dated approximately to the 15th century and may have been made in Argyll in South-West Scotland.
E’s of England
- Edward the Elder (c. 871–924)
- Edward the Martyr (c. 962–978)
- Edward the Confessor (c. 1004–1066)
- Edward I of England (1239–1307)
- Edward II of England (1284–1327)
- Edward III of England (1312–1377)
- Edward IV of England (1442–1483)
- Edward V of England (1470–1483?)
- Edward VI of England (1537–1553)
- Edward VII of the United Kingdom (1841–1910)
- Edward VIII of the United Kingdom (1894–1972)
H’s of England
- Henry I (1100–1135)
- Henry II (1154–1189)
- Henry III (1216–1272)
- Henry IV (1399–1413)
- Henry V (1413–1422)
- Henry VI (1422 – 1461,1470–1471)
- Henry VII (1485–1509)
- Henry VIII (1509–1547)
Message from the Snowman Expert
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It’s so great to actually hear back from an author I posted about.
Thank you for writing Mr Eckstein. I hope my followers will read your book.
-Beyond reasonable doubt it’s Richard.
(Richard Buckley, 4 February 2013)
-We can say with great likelihood that we are dealing with the skeleton of Charlemagne.
(Frank Rühli, 3 February 2014)
Ye Olde Fighting Cocks
This St. Albans pub is recognised by Guinness as the oldest pub, but has a little controversy attached. Documents suggest the pub began in 795. However, it may only have arrived on its current site, an old pigeon coop, in 1485, with earlier incarnation standing on other sites. As a result, some observers claim the real date should be later, though Guinness have stood firm.
Let’s all admire the art that is historical fashion reproduction.
The lovely Elisheva has a lot of great work, so this is just one of the examples.
The painting is a portrait of Ottheinrich, Prince of Pfalz, painted by Barthel Beham in 1535. She chose to remake the gold embroidered collar.
The book will kill the edifice.
If you want to learn about Stalin, study Henry VIII; if you want to learn about Mrs Thatcher, study Henry VIII; if you want to know about Hollywood, study Henry VIII.
A team of six students from De Montfort University in Leicester have turned a historic map into a realistic and detailed 3D animation of Tudor London.
Some of the buildings are hypothetical, but all streets are based on original maps of the area.
The animation has won the top prize in a competition to produce a 3D animation of a real historic setting, run by The British Library and video game developers GameCity and Crytek.
History says, Don’t hope
On this side of the grave,
But then, once in a lifetime
The longed-for tidal wave
Of justice can rise up,
And hope and history rhyme.